Brown Sugar Salmon

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: brown sugar salmon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 414kcal
Author: the cooking virgin
this sweet and savory salmon is a family favorite. (and SO easy). crusted with pecans, it has the perfect amount of sweet, spice, and texture. delicious!
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  • 1/2 c. Brown Sugar - firmly packed
  • 1 c. Soy Sauce
  • 2 t. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 t. Garlic - minced
  • 1/2 t. Black Pepper
  • 2 T. Bourbon opt.
  • 1/2 c. Chopped Pecans - toasted
  • 1-2 Salmon Filets 2-2 1/2 lb. total


  • For the marinade...
  • Combine all ingredients except the Pecans and Salmon in a bowl.
  • Place Half the marinade and the Salmon in a Ziploc bag - squeeze out the air and zip the bag tightly.
  • Set aside the other half of the marinade to use as a glaze.
  • Marinate the Salmon for 1-3 hours. Flip the bag every 1/2 hour or so to marinate evenly.
  • For the Glaze...
  • Place the remaining half of the marinade in a small saucepan on the stove.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the temperature to low and simmer until the mixture thickens and reduces a little.
  • While the glaze is simmering, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • For the Pecan Topping...
  • Place the chopped pecans on a flat baking pan which has been covered with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Toast the pecan for 3-5 minutes until they darken a little and they start to smell sooo good.
  • Watch closely - the nuts can burn quickly!
  • For the Salmon...
  • Cover a baking dish or pan with aluminum foil.
  • Spray the foil-covered pan with cooking spray.
  • Take the Salmon out of the marinade and discard the marinade.
  • Place the Salmon (skin-side down) on the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the salmon with the toasted pecans pressing the pecans firmly into the salmon.
  • Brush or spoon 1/3 of the glaze onto the salmon.
  • Place the salmon in the oven.
  • Re-glaze the salmon with the glaze every 8-10 minutes (about 3 times).
  • Bake at 400 degrees for a total of 20-25 minutes until the salmon flakes easily.
  • ENJOY!!


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 3335mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 0.7% | Vitamin C: 0.4% | Calcium: 6.2% | Iron: 15%